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LD son age 19, best UC/CSU/private to transfer to after comm college?

wecandothiswecandothis Posts: 851Registered User Member
Hello all- my son has central auditory processing issues but has done well at our local highly rated community college (Miracosta), without accomodations, although he has an IEP and is eligible for them. He has taken a slightly lower academic load but I believe he has about a low B average. He wants to transfer to a UC or CSU- any recommendations as to which ones have best support? Also any recommended private schools in CA? He should be eligible for financial aid as I am a low income single parent.
His disability presents in all areas reading/writing/math- he struggles with both but is ambitious and works hard. He has learned coping and social strategies. He is an excellent athlete and would like to be on a soccer or track team in college as well. He is a pro paintballer as well but is moving away from that.
He has talked about career options ranging from teaching other students with LD, firefighting, landscaping or having his own business. I could also see him as an excellent PE teacher.
He has not taken SAT and did not do too well on the PSAT.
I think he is ready to try living away from home. He's traveled extensively in the US and in Europe with paintball.
Any help appreciated.
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Replies to: LD son age 19, best UC/CSU/private to transfer to after comm college?

  • wecandothiswecandothis Posts: 851Registered User Member
  • juggler1990juggler1990 Posts: 35Registered User Junior Member
    I don't know anything about those schools but I would strongly recommend visiting the schools. You can tour the school and also set up an appointment with someone at the disability services office. They will be able to explain all their services, answer specific questions and inform you of what documentation you will need and when the deadlines are. Based on all the info, your son and you can compare the schools. All colleges will have basic services such as; extended time, tutoring, note takers, quiet testing locations etc. You just have to advocate for yourself a bit more at some schools in order to receive them. Also there are some assistive technologies that can help him no mater what school he goes to. There is a device called the smart pen. It is a pen that has a recorder built into it and it records lectures as you take notes on a special note book you get with it. No one can even tell cause it looks like a normal pen. When you touch the pen to the words it can read that part of the lecture or read the whole thing back to you. Also there are programs like kurzweil and read and write gold which read your text material to you through headphones while it highlights the words on the screen to help with reading. At most schools programs like kurzweil and read and write gold are free if you are registered with disability services. There are a few books that are helpful that list colleges with good ld support. You might find a school in your area that is good through a book. Or just look at all the schools in your area and then pick some to go tour. Hope this helps.
  • EthelLivesEthelLives Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    CSU-Fullerton supposedly has an LD program but if he has high enough scores he should go to a more prestigious school because a studious atmosphere is very important to success. Big names are not necessarily important but the studious character of the UCal schools means there will be less substance abuse issues and destructive behavior on campus. I hate to say it but it's true.
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